Business travellers to benefit from anytime, anywhere access to Internet
and corporate networks Service available in more than 70 countries
Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (1 May
2001) launched its mobile data roaming service, Cable & Wireless GRX.
This GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) service, with more extensive global
reach than any competing service, enables mobile operators to offer
users secure, high-speed wireless access to data services, such as email
or corporate Intranet access, wherever they are in the world.
Just as users are accustomed to accessing GSM-enabled voice services
when they travel abroad, GPRS Roaming will provide seamless, "always on"
access to data services at speeds significantly higher than GSM. It will
also give operators the opportunity to develop value-added subscriber
Cable & Wireless GRX, which is currently undergoing a trial with
Vodafone across Europe, is one of the first commercial GRX services to
be launched, and offers unparalleled global access. Global capability is
becoming a key factor as a growing number of operators around the world
are committing to GPRS technology, including leading North American
operators. Cable & Wireless GRX, available in more than 70 countries
worldwide, is one of only three GRXs to be qualified by the North
American Alliance of the GSM Association to provide GPRS roaming in
North America. Cable & Wireless is also in active discussions with other
GRX carriers to establish interconnect agreements that will extend the
reach of its GRX service and the number of operators that it can connect
"Cable & Wireless has used its expertise in IP infrastructure and
services and established relationships with mobile operators worldwide
to offer the most effective GRX service to operator customers," said
Nick Jeffery, Executive Vice President, Markets Group, Cable & Wireless.
"GPRS, and eventually 3G services, are set to make the anytime, anywhere
mobile office a reality, and our IP interconnect services will be a
crucial element of this development."
Cable & Wireless GRX uses a dedicated, global Internet protocol-based
(IP) network to interconnect GPRS wireless networks worldwide, as they
are rolled out. This will allow mobile operators to exchange data
traffic without having to establish costly point-to-point data links
with each of their roaming partners. Cable & Wireless' network can also
be migrated to support 3G services, when these become available.
Cable & Wireless GRX builds on Cable & Wireless' existing mobile carrier
services portfolio and leading presence in this market. Cable & Wireless
was the first carrier to establish a dedicated mobile carrier services
division, and the company maintains commercial relationships with over
40 mobile operators - more than any other carrier.
GPRS is a data bearer service that provides high-speed data transmission
and 'always on' connectivity. Because GPRS data is packet switched
rather than circuit switched (i.e. data travels over a network optimised
for data traffic rather than voice traffic) data transmission speeds are
significantly faster. This not only means that customers get faster
service but that applications such as email, which were not viable with
WAP (email enclosures could not be sent using WAP), are now made
possible. 'Always on' connectivity means that, once logged on, customers
avoid the repetitive process of re-connecting every time they need to
send data, making the mobile office a much simpler reality.
About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with
revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) in the year to 31 March 2000
and customers in 70 countries. Its operations around the world offer a
full range of telecommunications services. Cable & Wireless' focus for
future growth is on IP (internet protocol) and data services and
solutions for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks
and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region
in support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP
infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a
unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business
customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to www.cw.com
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